Sitting by the rooftop pool, gentle trickle from the ornate fountain behind her and the quiet hum of traffic below, she looks out across the bay of Naples taking inspiration from the colours around. The patchwork of blue in the the shimmering water of the Mediterranean Sea, where the depth plunges far and the currents turn, interspersed by the wake of the shining white hulls of boats as they pass would blend seamlessly into an ombre blue sky. That is if not for the slither of land that is Napoli to the locals and the cloud topped peak of the inspiring Mount Vesuvius.
Okay, okay, I’ve gone all poetic on you and I’m talking about myself in the third person again. Blame that on my book choice…not the usual crime, fantasy or the long haul that is the Game of Thrones books but The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies. Nothing as good as a change. I’m only up to the start of chapter 3 but I’m enjoying the descriptive phrase.
So anyhow, I’m sat here in the shade of a large umbrella because this stupid sausage missed part of the factor 50 of her leg on Saturday and needs to keep out of the sun. I’ve spent some time perusing Pinterest, Ravelry and Loveknitting for some inspiration since I arrived in Sorrento. At 23 weeks pregnant and counting, with one whole Elijah and two ears left to knit for others my attention is turning to some winter woollies for my little boy. On the whole I’m disappointed by the options. I’m looking for modern shapes and they seem to be in short supply for wee boys. I guess this could be that they are difficult to create, or that they’re impractical for the tiny ones but I guess I’ll soon find out. I have a mind to create some patterns when I’ve practiced at knitting some real garments (my first attempt was hibernated and is soon to be frogged because of an appalling yarn choice).
I’m also turning my hand to crochet again for a pram blanket so this is where all the inspiration some in. I have growing in my mind a patchwork style navy to the palest blue ombre blanket with an ombre edging starting at it’s inner round the palest blue to the darkest navy at its outer. I’ve started putting yarn into my Loveknitting basket as our local yarn stores don’t stock the colour range I’m looking for in a single yarn and can’t quite wait to get home to get the Elijahs out of the way.